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The Educational Technology, Research, and Assessment (ETRA) Department, a dynamic and collaborative community of scholars, is dedicated to responsible research and reflective practice to promote innovative learning environments and improved learning outcomes for all learners. The ETRA Department serves graduate students in the College of Education with three degree programs including MSEd in Instructional Technology, PhD in Instructional Technology, various CGS and state entitlement and endorsement programs, and an MS in Educational Research and Evaluation, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree completion program in Applied Management with an emphasis on Instructional Technology, Training & Evaluation (BSAM-ITTE).

New Fall Courses!

  • Learning Analytics 
  • User Experience Research UX Design 
  • Human Computer Interaction HCI Design 

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ETRA's Graduate Student Association (ETRA-GSA)

ETRA-GSA fosters community and intellectual exchange among ETRA graduate students, faculty, and alumni. ETRA-GSA seeks to provide outreach, mentoring, support and information for its members and to serve as a liaison between graduate students and the ETRA department.


About our Programs:

Bachelor's completion degree (BSAM-ITTE)

M.S. in Educational Research and Evaluation  

M.S.Ed in Instructional Technology, go-at-your-own-pace! 

Ph.D. in Instructional Technology  


Cohort Programs

Online Accelerated M.S.Ed. in Instructional Technology with Technology Specialist entitlement , you can earn the degree and complete in 4 semesters (15mos)!

Not an NIU student? Apply as a Student-at-Large 

ETRA's Learn-IT Conference 2017 

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Learn-IT 2017 Conference was a great success. Approximately 138 participants gathered for the one-day event to explore tools and strategies for integrating technology for learning and assessment in meaningful ways. This year's Learn-IT keynote presentations were given by our new faculty, Dr. Dongho Kim and Dr. Fatih Demir, who will be joining us in the Fall.  

Mark Your Calendar! 

ETRA's  Learn-IT Annual Conference will be on May 5th, 2018.  Watch here for announcements & registration information.


U.S. News ranks online programs No. 4 for 2017

For the fifth year in a row, the college's online graduate programs rank in nation's top-five.  


ETRA welcomes two new faculty, Dr. Dongho Kim & Dr. Fatih Demir! 

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Dr. Dongho Kim received a B.A. and a M.A. in Education from Seoul National University.   He earned his Ph.D. in Learning, Design, and Technology in May 2017 from University of Georgia-Athens, where he was working with Dr. Robert Branch on researches related to student engagement and online learning. Dongho’s research has been published in a number of prestigious journals. His most recent article from the Internet and Higher Education (IHE) won first place for Outstanding Journal Article Award from Distance Learning Division for the AECT 2016 conference. He also received a two-year research fellowship grant (2016-18) from Hewlett Foundation to continue his research in data/learning analytics. When Dongho joins us in August, he will continue to build his research and teach courses in the areas of interaction design and learning analytics. 

 fatih demirDr. Fatih Demir received his doctorate degree in Communications Design from the University of Baltimore. He was a post-doctoral fellow at the School of Information Sciences and Learning Technologies, University of Missouri, where he had been collaborating on as well as leading a number of grant research projects on augmented reality, atlas virtual reality, and user experiences. Prior to his post-doctoral appointment, Dr. Demir served as director of user experience for the Department of Communications, Turkish Prime Ministry. Dr. Demir’s research work has been published in International Journal of  Human Sciences and submitted to Journal of Usability Studies. When Dr. Demir join us in August, he will continue to build his research and teach courses in the areas of user experiences, informatics, and usability evaluation.

Dr. Kim and Dr. Demir, we welcome you! We are glad that you are part of the ETRA family. 




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